Welcome to Stocktake Saturday! This feature is where I share some bookish news with you and then show you all the bookish goodies I got over the week.
The cover reveals from the last week – (links to Goodreads pages)
- Tower Lord (Raven’s Shadow #2) by Anthony Ryan – matches the UK cover of Blood Song
- Valour (The Faithful and the Fallen #2) by John Gwynne – UK cover, with Valour instead of the Orbit’s Valor for the US
- City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
- Starling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3) by Fiona Paul – AU edition
In Bookish News, Lauren DeStefano, author of the Chemical Garden and Internment Chronicles YA trilogies, has signed a two-book deal with Bloomsbury for her middle grade début! Pram tells the story of a girl with a unique talent: she can talk to ghosts. After befriending a boy named Clarence, Pram decides to search for her father in the hope that he can answer her questions about her mother’s death. It comes out in fall 2015, and will be followed by an unnamed sequel.
Partials author Dan Wells has sold Bluescreen, the first novel in a futuristic YA cyberpnk series to HarperCollins. In the series, a teen hacker’s friend’s overdose on an illicit digital drug leads her to uncover a mystery with roots deep in her L.A. neighbourhood’s crime syndicate.
Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, has been selected to edit a YA anthology called My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, which will be published in October 2014. The collection will feature 12 romantic tales of young love by celebrated YA authors, including Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Ally Carter, Holly Black, Kiersten White, Matt de la Peña, Laini Taylor, Jenny Han and Kelly Link.
Joelle Charbonneau, author of the YA trilogy The Testing, has signed on with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a two-book deal which as been pitched as Pretty Little Liars meets Homeland. The first title, N.E.E.D. follows teenager Kaylee, who gets involved in an elite social networking Web site called N.E.E.D., which that grants your desire in return for fulfilling a request. Publication is slated for (US) Fall 2016.
Patrick Rothfuss recently did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where he revealed that although he can’t give us a release date for Doors of Stone (looking like 2016, considering if it’s finished this year it’ll still need editing etc.) he will be giving fans a few things to look forward to. Most epic fantasy writers do this – while working on their major works, they also have side-projects going that keep them sane and their writing fresh. So what else is coming up?
I’ve got a few things that will be happening before Doors of Stone:
1. A novella (about 22,000 words) that centers around Bast. It’s coming out in the Rouges anthology later this year.
2. I’m also working on another novella centering around Auri. I meant for it to be a short story, but it became a lot more than that, and right now it’s creeping up on 25,000 words.
3. A short novel (short for me) set in Modeg. It tells the origin stories of one of the other legendary figures in my world: Laniel young-again. (That’s probably going to be about 100-120 thousand words or so.)
There is already a a short-story set in The Four Corners, published in the Unfettered anthology (edited by Shawn Speakman) and called How Old Holly Came To Be.
Strange Chemistry has released the book trailer for Some Fine Day by Kat Ross – with a “slightly creepy, mysterious atmosphere.” Check it out here.
Remember last week I had a little rave about Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien De Castell, coming out through Jo Fletcher Books later this year? Well, if you’re in the UK (or you can afford international postage, lucky you!), you can order an EXCLUSIVE signed and numbered edition of the Hardback of Traitor’s Blade from Goldsboro Books. There’s only 250 of them though, so preorder your copy now!
Although it’s not news by any stretch of imagination, I came across this wonderful article at Tor that discusses Rom Weasley – in particular, the Ron of the books versus the Ron of the films. “Harry and Hermione do both eventually become members of his family through marriage, but more importantly, Ron always treats them as blood.” I read it through twice, because I have always enjoyed both portrayals of Ron but hadn’t deeply thought about how people who haven’t read the books may perceive him. “[Y]ou cannot be a whiz at chess and be an idiot.” It’s true that he’d been given the role of comic relief in the books, and that later movies gave all this kick-ass lines to Hermione, but I hadn’t thought about how he’d been shown as bumbling, unintelligent and wimpy until I read this article.
This week I reviewed the following books:
- [13 Jan] Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson ★
- [14 Jan] Crash Into You by Katie McGarry ★★★★★
- [15 Jan] Vampire Academy by Emma Vieceli, Leigh Dragoon, Richelle Mead ★★★★★
- [16 Jan] Tandem by Anna Jarzab ★½
- [17 Jan] Pride's Run by Cat Kalen ★★★
My book hauls, beginning as usual with the physical copies, thanks to Allen & Unwin, Bloomsbury AU, Simon & Schuster AU, Penguin AU, University of Queensland Press and Angry Robot UK (links to Goodreads):
- Secret (Elementals #4) by Brigid Kemmerer
- Afterworld by Lynnette Lounsbury
- Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
- Doomed by Tracy Deebs
- Fool’s Gold (Order of Darkness #3) by Philippa Gregory
- Tigerfish by David Metzenthen
- The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn
- Last God Standing by Michael Boatman
And e-galleys from Netgalley and Edelweiss:
- Emilie and the Sky World (Emilie #2) by Martha Wells
- The Forever Watch by David Ramirez
- The Furies by Mark Alpert
I also bought:
- The Royal Succession (The Accursed Kings #4) by Maurice Druon
I hope you have some goodies to share as well, leave your links below and I’ll be sure to visit 🙂